The Pastor: A Memoir

The Pastor The Pastor HarperOne

Eugene Peterson

HarperOne, 2011

Peterson's newest book is about his adventure as a founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland where he served for thirty years.  In The Pastor he examines what it means to be clergy of a church and the role of parish ministry in our secular culture.


Those who know his Conversation series will recognize the soul-searching, soul-baring honesty and his refreshing perspective on living out biblically inspired faith in contemporary America.


“More than a gifted writer, Eugene Peterson is a voice calling upon the churches to recover the vocation of the pastor in order to experience the renewing of their faith in the midst of an increasingly commercialized, depersonalized, and spiritually barren land.” -Dale T. Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary

“I’ve been nagging Eugene Peterson for years to write a memoir. In our clamorous, celebrity-driven, entertainment culture, his life and words convey a quiet whisper of sanity, authenticity, and, yes, holiness.” -Philip Yancey

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